Welcome to the California Area Public Library, California's center for knowledge and growth. Climb aboard the Information Station for California, Allenport, Coal Center, Long Branch, Elco, Roscoe, and West Pike Run Township. Explore the five literacies with us: Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health & Financial.


The Library Director position is now open. The Board is accepting applications for this position. Send applications by email to board@calpublib.org or by post to 100 Wood Street/California PA 15419. View the job description and requirements here

Clerk positions are also available. Applications are being accepted by email or board@calpublib.org or by mail at 100 Wood Street/California PA 15419.

Help Annalise Hugg, a seventh grader in California Area, to collect books for children in Africa. Please bring your gently used children's books to the library and place them in Annalise's collection box, located in the Children's Room.

We are truly grateful each time you make a cash donation or memorial book gift but, we also want to remind you that the Washington County Community Foundation's Day of Giving 2017 is Tuesday, September 12..Each donation made to our library through www.wccfgives.org on September 12 will be increased by a percentage through the WCCF's $100,000 match pool. Donations are accepted online, and also by check if received by WCCF before September 12. If you would like to donate to our library thorough this great opportunity, please make checks payable to "WCCF" with our library noted on the check. Checks must be received at the WCCF offices before 8 a.m. on September 12. Your donations help us to expand our book collection, offer free access to computers, provide adult and children's programming, and to keep the library running! Please consider donating on (or before by check) September 12 through WCCF Gives. We send a hearty "Thank you!" to our loyal patrons.

Riverfest Hours: Our hours change during the late August Riverfest celebration in town. We will be open that Saturday from 11-4 and Sunday from 12-4. During those times the library will be open for regular business and we will also be hosting our Annual Used Book Sale. We will have fiction, non-ficion, children's and much more to purchase! We are hoping to have fiber arts and other crafts to sell: perhaps you'd like to donate a piece to the cause?

Every Tuesday at 10:00 is Story Time with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Story Time with Kristen and Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack and craft. Please call to add your name to our list and we'll give you a call announcing each new session. Reservations are recommended. We plan for 12 children; please make prior arrangements for large groups. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. Summer Reading Club (SRC) for elementary students is in the works and follows the state library's fitness theme. Contact us at 724-938-2907 or director@calpublib.org for more information about Story Times and Summer Reading Program.

Amazon Smile--Shop here first when you buy online and amazon will contribute a wee bit of coin to our library. Sometimes there's a $5 bonus incentive. Every penny helps us. (But only a shopaholic could match the value of a standard annual gift to the library.) Just set your browser to www.smile.amazon.com and choose California Area Public Library.

MEMORIAL GIFTS and HONORARIUMS: An enduring tribute made in the form of a book, a technology upgrade or a grounds beautification/comfort improvement, your gift will be marked and will be announced to the appropriate honorees. Many people donate $25 or more when presenting a gift for a book.

Opportunities: RENT AN LCD PROJECTOR KIT from us and add a special focus to your next family event, business or club meeting. Our kit includes the projector, a screen and, if you need it, a laptop computer. You provide the photos or PowerPoint show. $20. We suggest you allow time for our staff to walk you through the process of setting up, if you're not familiar with using audio visual equipment.

INVESTING FOR OUR FUTURES: Many of our donors have been contributing to the Library for decades. Please visit, volunteer, and donate this year. YOU are vital to our mission to provide everyone with access to information in a happy space where we all thrive. Our fundraising goal for 2016 is $30,000. We bet you did not know that we habitually fall ahort by $23,000 below what the state expects us to raise. Please remember this the next time you think to yourself, "They're always asking for money, and yet they never close." We haven't had any support from our school district since 2011, and less than half of the communities in our service area make annual contributions. Everyone is wearing a tight belt, we understand. If everyone gave something (and those who can gave a bit more), we might be able to meet the state's expectations. Thank you.

EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS: Visit our About Us page to learn about two young gentlemen who chose service projects to help the library. They are hoping you'll choose to help them, too.

Fund Raisers: LITTON'S GIFT CERTIFICATES: Each $10 certificate returns $2 to the library. Keep a few on hand as emergency gifts, or simply help out the library by purchasing a few before you visit Litton's Greenhouse in Richeyville. Other fund raising items at the library are American Tradition woven baskets, tote bags, cloisonne pins, stationary, historic maps of California and the ever-popular bundles of used books.

GOT PAPER SCRAP? Recycle at the library. We sponsor an AbitibiBowater Paper Retriever recycle bin. If the bin is full, please keep your donation until a later time. Californians prove they are dutiful stewards of our environment by filling the bin quickly. Thank you! (Because of depressed paper prices, Abitibi has not paid a dividend for more than a year now. Still, we are happy they help us to create a greener planet.)